Please welcome first-time contributor Sophie, a woman who was born in Belgium on Woodstock day in 1969. Sophie is mom to a wonderful boy who has been diagnosed as being on the Autism spectrum. After graduating with a Master’s of Science in Mass Communication from Boston University in 1994, she worked for 18 years with major global leaders in […]
When I first started noticing the signs about my daughter, I realized I was the only one that felt that there was something different about her. Although I would try to explain things to the rest of my family and friends it just seemed like no one was getting it.
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Online Radio Station AJK Radio raises awareness of autism for World Autism Awareness Week
AJK Radio is taking part in The National Autistic Society’s World Autism Awareness Week 2017 and helping to transform the lives of autistic people in the UK.
Alex, has chosen to get involved because he has an autistic son, which was the reason AJK Radio launched Christmas Day 2015.
During World Autism Awareness Week, Alex and the station will be trying to raise as much money for the charity with live broadcasts throughout the week
Over 1 in 100 people are on the autism spectrum, a lifelong disability which affects how a person communicates with and relates to others, as well how they see the world. It is a spectrum condition and affects everyone differently, which means that each person on the spectrum will have very different support needs.
Last year, The National Autistic Society launched their Too Much Information campaign because they found that a lack of public understanding was leaving autistic people and their families socially isolated. Fifty per cent of autistic people and their families told us they sometimes or often didn’t go out because they were worried about how people would react to their autism, and many people told us of occasions where people had tutted or stared at them or their family.
Alex said: “It’s hard living with someone who is Autistic, and this is me doing my bit” I’m really excited to be fundraising for The National Autistic Society during World Autism Awareness Week.
“It’s such a great chance to get involved and raise awareness, understanding and money for the charity! I’m so grateful for the support everyone’s given me and feel really touched.”
Mark Lever, Chief Executive of The National Autistic Society, said:
“It’s wonderful that Alex is taking part in the 2017 World Autism Awareness Week.
“We hear from lots of autistic people and their families that judgemental stares and remarks from strangers can leave them feeling isolated. We know that the public doesn’t set out to be judgemental towards autistic people, it’s that they often don’t understand autism.
“This is why it’s so amazing and we’re really grateful when people like [your name] get involved with World Autism Awareness Week and not only raise money for us to continue the vital work that we do, but also to increase understanding and awareness in their local communities.”
For more information and to donate to Alex’s fundraising page head over to www.ajkradio.moonfruit.com
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The National Autistic Society
- The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families. Founded in 1962, it provides information, support and pioneering services, and campaigns for a better world for people on the autism spectrum.
- To find out more about autism or The National Autistic Society, visit autism.org.uk.
- Follow The National Autistic Society on Twitter (@Autism) or Facebook (facebook.com/NationalAutisticSociety).
What is autism?
- Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.
- More than 1 in 100 people are on the autism spectrum, including an estimated 700,000 people in the UK.
- Every person on the autism spectrum is different. It can present some serious challenges – but, with the right support and understanding, autistic people and their families can live full lives.
- Although everyone is different, people on the autism spectrum may:
- be under or oversensitive to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours, which can make everyday life extremely difficult
- find social situations and change a challenge, sometimes leading to extreme levels of anxiety
- experience a ‘meltdown’ if overwhelmed by anxiety or sensory overload
- benefit from extra time to process and respond to communication.
- Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.
World Autism Awareness Week
- World Autism Awareness Week aims to increase public understanding of autism and is from 27 March to 2 April, ending on World Autism Awareness Day.
- The National Autistic Society is encouraging schools, workplaces and individuals or families to get involved and fundraise for the charity. To find out more, visit
Too Much Information
- The National Autistic Society’s Too Much Information campaign launched on World Autism Awareness Day in 2016.
- The campaign aims to increase public understanding of autism, so people can recognise autistic behaviour, and respond with empathy.
- To find out more about the Too Much Information campaign visit: autism.org.uk/TMI
Thought I’d post an update 😀
On the SoundCloud and mixcloud platform is a special three part countdown of the biggest selling singles of the 1960’s.
Who’s at #1?
Go grab the shows on catchup over on those sites.
We welcome Paul, to the station, he is our second autistic presenter and is currently awaiting some shiny new radio kit to get him online and out to you on the www.
Songs. Onto use to grow the catalogue, last count 25,000 songs to choose from! No same 10 songs in a row here 😄
Is it live or recorded…. can you tell? When myself and Trevor are on air, are we??
Technology at the station, as with most of the professional ones, has come on heaps over the years, allowing the presenters to have a more 9-5 job, the trick is to sound convincing
Thanks for listening and keep following our development throughout 2017
Fancy broadcasting on the radio?
AJK Radio is looking for new presenters to produce shows for the 24 hour schedule.
You’ll be able to do this from the comfort of your own home too.
For the price £200 you’ll be sent all the kit needed to produce your shows, on going training on how to get the best from your time on the station.
This is a 12 month price for the kit and cost towards keeping the station legal with the music bodies.
If after the year you want to continue, it’s £49 per year from year two onwards
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Get Social on Twitter ajk_radio and Facebook
The station is a hobby, set up for my autistic son, and as we enter the second broadcast year, we want ‘friends’ of the station to join us this year
Thanks for listening
Been a bit quiet on the social front since we entered the New Year and all that.
There has however, been lots of behind the scenes work going on.
AJK Radio is now on Sound Cloud AND Mix Cloud, on these two sites you’ll hear us with the previous show / or shows available to rewind and listen to at your leisure , please follow, like and share these two new channels 🙂
Starting on Sunday 22nd January @ 16.00 (GMT) we air our first syndicated venture.
Airplay40 is the Top 40 songs, compiled from station airplay on FM and Online radio stations worldwide.
The chart, broadcast on dozens of stations features only the music you have been listening to, and is a reflecton on what is hot, and what is not in the music world.
The charts on a Sunday afternoon were very much a staple of my childhood, hope you enjoy this exciting new part of the station
“Thanks for listening, until next time…”